Great escape should be catalyst for Hibs, insists boss

David Gray congratulates Sam Stanton on his dramatic winner last night
David Gray congratulates Sam Stanton on his dramatic winner last night
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Alan Stubbs today claimed Hibs’ dramatic last-gasp victory over Dumbarton could kick-start the Easter Road club’s season.

The Capital side looked doomed to a fourth defeat in five matches as goals by Mich Megginson and Mark Gilhaney left them two goals down and facing a League Cup exit with just 12 minutes left.

But in a stunning fightback striker Farid El Alagui levelled the score with two terrific headers in the space of six minutes before substitute Sam Stanton clinched victory, driving an unstoppable shot beyond Dumbarton goalkeeper Danny Rodgers with only seconds remaining on the clock.

It was only Hibs’ fourth win on their own turf in 15 matches this calendar year and today Stubbs revealed he believed the secret behind it was the backing his players got from the fans who, in the past, have been all too quick to vent their frustration at those on the pitch.

While hailing the “great character” shown by his team, the head coach said: “I think the reason why they stuck at it was because I thought the fans were great. They really stuck with them, urging them forward and it was just a matter of us getting one goal and seeing if they would wobble.

“When you look at the final result, I think the answer is there.”

Although he was delighted to see his side score three goals having bemoaned the chances created but spurned in some recent matches – most notably the weekend defeat by Falkirk – Stubbs was less than happy with the two they had again lost at set-pieces, insisting his players cannot continue to gift the opposition goals and still expect to win games, but insisted they’d got the reward they deserved for the hard work they have put in since he arrived at the club only a few weeks ago.

He said: “I am pleased for the lads, they have managed to get a good result to get us into the next round and hopefully it is a catalyst for us to kick on.”